Motorbike hire in Sri Lanka
Rent motorbikes (scooters) in Sri Lanka is fairly common, but finding such a service is possible only in the most popular tourist areas on the coast. In the center of the country to rent a bike very difficult.
Find rolling office in a tourist place is not difficult: you can ask at the hotel or just walk down the street and look for signs or exhibited motorcycles with a sign "Motorbike for rent" or "Bike for rent".
The rental price starts from 1200 rupees (487.28 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate). With the high price should bargain. Also be sure to ask for a discount if you take the bike for a few days: the longer the period the bigger the discount. Rental includes unlimited mileage and helmets. Not always rent for a day in Sri Lanka means a day many companies mean the rent on the day that is 1 day, ie, you take the bike in the morning and return it in the evening at a set time. If you rent for multiple days you use the bike all day.
Minimum rental price varies in different cities/resorts. Here are the minimum prices at different resorts, we found by may of 2019:
- Negombo – 1500 rupees
- Trincomalee – 1200
- Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Bentota – 1200
- Jaffna – 1500 rupees
- Nuwara Eliya – 1500
- Ella – 1200
As collateral require a passport plus sometimes cash 100-300 dollars. If you rent a motorbike at the hotel or the Guesthouse, where you live, then you can do without any collateral. Sometimes it is a written contract, and in some cases you just give your passport and take the bike back, it all depends on the rental company. And Ella and Trincomalee, for example, we rented a MOTOBIKE in General without any documents: distributors haven't even looked at the passport and just asked the name of the hotel and gave the keys.
Sometimes you can even find motorcycles with a contract stipulating the insurance, but it is very rare. In this case, it is a serious contract, which States your share of responsibility. Usually it provides that all minor damage costing up to $ 200 you pay yourself, and the rest - the insurance company.
With regard to driving licences, while officially Sri Lanka and does not recognize international and national driving licences of the new sample, the police are condescending. If you have an international and open category "A", you are in the helmet and never broke the rules, problems with the police most likely will not have that checked the authors site several times in practice. Just be confident, and provide all the necessary documents and smile. Be sure to indicate to police that you have rights, bearing category "a". What is a international driving permit and how to obtain it , see here...
Even if the police do not settle for this, the problem is solved on the spot small "fine". In addition to the motorcycle must be insured (Insurance) and proof of payment of taxes (Taxes) which you have to give the owner of the motorcycle. If these documents do not prove, the problem will be not only the owner, but you. Usually these documents are kept in a motorcycle in the glove box under the seat.
If you want to drive a motorcycle legally, you've got some challenges. As already mentioned above, Sri Lanka does not recognize any law but their own national (which, by the way, look exactly the same as our new plastic, i.e. in compliance with the Vienna Convention on road traffic). But for foreigners there are two options:
- On the basis of your international rights (in the form of a booklet) to obtain the so-called endorsement to the automobile Association of Sri Lanka (Endorsement by the Automobile Association (AA)). This document can be issued independently to Colombo.
- Another option is to obtain a temporary permit Temporary Sri Lankan Driving License for a period of 30 days on the basis of national/u (this is our plastic or old law) and certified translation. This procedure will have to be done independently in Colombo.
Before renting, check the bike, and take pictures of all damage in case of a possible "divorce" with the return of equipment. During use do not leave the helmets unattended, as even old "dead" helmets here manage to steal (if you steal, then a new helmet you can buy in the shop for 500-700 rupees). Better use paid Parking and locks because of theft of motorcycles happen here.
Seasoned motorcycle 92-m gasoline. Local refills are exactly the same as we do, only they don't samoobsluzhivanie, and payment is made directly at the gas station. Just drive up to the gas station to get gas, you say how much you need liters of gasoline (the most popular rental scooters machines includes 3-4 liters) or full (full), and the supplier will do everything himself. If you do not know to which column drive to the gas station, drove up to the one where there are other motorcycles in the line or approach the tanker, which you will call.
How much to pay for gasoline fuelled, is displayed on the column. The cost of gasoline throughout Sri Lanka fixed for 92 gasoline in 2019 132 rupees for 1 liter (53.6 rubles).
Attention! Sometimes tankers cheating with the tourists. They do not reset the counter on the column to 0 after a previous filling and topped up with petrol, and you pay once for the two gas stations. It turns out that your four-liter tank is 6 liters and more. To avoid this, before refueling look at the numbers at the gas station and make sure there all zeros.
Now, as for driving on the roads. For most local drivers motorcyclist on the road is not a person, even if it was a camper. There is the national rule - "who has the most bibikalka is right". More (louder) all the "bibikalka" of the buses, and then trucks. Be prepared for the fact that other drivers will get you out into the oncoming lane and to drive you out of the way by flashing lights and an audible signal. Same thing when overtaking: no one pays attention to motorcycles, and when you return to your lane pushes them to the sidelines. In all these cases, don't try to show integrity, and better pull over and give way to anyone you interfere.
Keep in mind that standard travel insurance included in the tour package does not cover driving a moped or motorcycle. This requires you to arrange additional insurance with the option of driving a moped/motorcycle and/or sports that is equivalent to driving two wheelers. To compare the cost of travel insurance options from different insurance companies and place it online are these trusted sites: